DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Busy week begins with wins by teams in 3 sports

The Xavier teams in volleyball, badminton and freshman tennis are busy this week. All won on Tuesday (Sept. 9), with more matches scheduled Wednesday (Sept. 10) and Thursday (Sept. 11).
Volleyball rolled to a three-game sweep of visiting Mesa Desert Ridge, 25-10, 25-12 and 25-14.
The junior-varsity and freshman teams also won. JV scores were 25-10 and 25-14 and freshman scores were 25-10 and 25-15.
The Gators were due to hit the road for the first time on Wednesday, at Gilbert Highland, and follow that up with another road match at Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee. Match times are 4 p.m. (freshmen), 5 (JV) and 6 (varsity).
The varsity and JV badminton squads won at Phoenix Sunnyslope by identical 8-1 scores.
Badminton teams were at home on Wednesday against Highland, with a road match on Thursday at Scottsdale Saguaro and participation in the Sunnyslope Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 13).
The freshman tennis team picked up a 9-0 win over visiting Tempe Marcos de Niza. Xavier recorded  several points via default.
In singles matches, XCP’s Sophie Schumacher defeated Marcos de Niza’s Alyssa Matus 8-3, XCP’s Katie Shyman defeated Marcos de Niza’s Miriam Swanson 8-6 and XCP’s Amelia Connelley defeated Marcos de Niza’s Monica Davis 6-5 (7-5 tiebreaker).
In doubles, Xavier’s Tia Kelly and Rebecca Cardon defeated Marcos de Niza’s Matus and Swanson 8-5.
The freshman were due to return to the court on Wednesday at Chandler High, then coming back for a home match on Thursday at Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

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